Janiine Babcock, MD, COL (RET.), USA

Janiine Babcock, MD, COL (Ret.), USA, is a Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist covering inpatient services at Seattle Childrens and serving as a full Clinical Professor at the University of Washington since 2013. Previously, she culminated a 29-year US Army Medical Corp career as the Deputy Director of the US Army Human Research Protections Office that oversees all research with human subjects supported or executed by the US Army. The research portfolio included 5,000 protocols at 125 institutions encompassing studies with malaria vaccines and brain injury therapeutics to improved body armor and predictive aptitude tests. She was also a senior attending physician in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Babcock has a unique skill set based on her experiences as a clinician, researcher, and leader.

Dr. Babcock graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University and then attended Baylor College of Medicine under a full military scholarship. She completed a pediatric residency at Tripler Army Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was selected for a year of post-graduate training in bench research that led to her assignments as Deputy Director of the Army’s Blood Research Program and then as Deputy Commander of an overseas laboratory in South America. Dr. Babcock returned as a senior investigator and became Chief of DoD’s only Phase I/II Clinical Trials Center, where she led or supported US FDA-regulated trials developing products for transfusion medicine and to fight against malaria, dengue fever, diarrheal diseases, leishmaniasis, and meningitis. She was the military principal investigator for the Anthrax Vaccine Research program sponsored through the CDC. It was the largest clinical trial ever conducted at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In recognition of her skill and experience, Dr. Babcock was selected as Director of Regulated Activities, which included the Clinical Trials Center, a Phase I Vaccine Bioproduction Facility, a GLP laboratory supporting FDA regulated studies, and a regulatory affairs office to support FDA submissions.

In 2009, Dr. Babcock became Chief of the DoD’s largest Department of Clinical Investigation at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where she helped integrate the National Capitol Region military clinical research programs under a unified Joint Command. Dr. Babcock worked effectively with leaders in human subjects protection at the Army and DoD level leading to her promotion as the Deputy Director for human subjects protection in the Office of the Surgeon General for the US Army.

Dr. Babcock has found the greatest fulfillment in her career blending her passion for clinical medicine and patient care with her drive to discover and advance medical progress through research.